The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 as a signature effort to assist in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn. Included as part of the sweeping legislation is a program to fully subsidize COBRA coverage for six months starting in April of 2021. This expert perspective provides a short overview of COBRA and mini-COBRA, the major elements of the ARPA COBRA Assistance program, and considerations for state policymakers related to the program.
Buying Value: Measures that Matter for Quality and Equity
On Monday, September 28, State Health and Value Strategies hosted a webinar on the Buying Value suite of resources to support state use of performance measures as they assess and improve value with managed care plans and accountable provider entities. Buying Value consists of two free Excel-based tools. The Buying Value Measure Selection Tool assists states, employers, consumer organizations and providers in creating and maintaining aligned quality measure sets. The Tool includes nearly 750 measures, including up-to-date versions of 13 federal and national measure sets, a set of disparities-sensitive measures, and six state measure sets. The Buying Value Benchmark Repository is a database of non-HEDIS measures in use by state purchasers and regional health improvement collaboratives, and associated performance data for benchmarking purposes. The Repository includes nearly 60 measures from seven measure sets. It contains measures focused on preventive care, social determinants of health and more.
During the webinar, DaShawn Groves, Project Manager at the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance, shared the District’s experience using the Buying Value suite in the development and monitoring of population health management initiatives in the Medicaid program. This webinar included a question and answer session during which webinar participants can pose their questions to the experts on the line.